Tiger tennis quickly takes charge in MBC
The New Richmond boys tennis team defeated three Middle Border Conference opponents over the past few days, establishing the Tigers as one of the leading teams in the MBC.
The Tigers defeated Altoona last Thursday and they followed that with an impressive 6-1 win at Amery. On Monday the Tigers went to Osceola and recorded their fourth straight MBC win by a 7-0 score.
Osceola's young squad provided very little challenge for the Tigers. There was only one set all night where Osceola was able to win more than one game.
Amery returned one of the most experienced lineups in the MBC, but sharp performance from the Tigers overpowered the Warriors 6-1.
The singles lineup produced another sweep for the Tigers. Bradish took on a solid opponent in Josh Stewart and won 6-1, 6-0. Reed continues to blossom at two singles, scoring a 6-3, 6-2 win over Kory Hill. Hop and Turnipseed were too athletic for their opponents in the three and four singles matches, each winning handily.
The Tigers' only loss was at one doubles where Isaiah Hobbs and Jordy Kvam lost to a veteran pair of Amery players.
The two and three doubles matches were both lengthy battles. Adrian Harvieux and Jake LaMirande got their game together to pull out a three--set win at two doubles, winning the third set 6-1. Connor Earley and Vitaliy Gutsal also faced a major battle at three doubles, keeping their composure in the third set for a 6-4 victory.
The Rails were expected to be one of the main challengers for the MBC title, but the strength of the Tigers' singles lineup took any drama out of this match's finish. The Tigers swept the four singles matches without losing a set in the team's 5-2 victory.
The schedule played in the Tigers' favor in this match. This was the first match Altoona could compete in this season and it was the second time the Rails had been outdoors.
The schedule remains hectic for the Tigers. They will host Baldwin-Woodville in a conference match on Thursday. The Tigers will hold their annual quad tournament at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with Amery, Altoona and Baldwin-Woodville joining in. The Tigers will host Eau Claire Regis next Tuesday. The Ramblers are expected to be the biggest obstacle in the Tigers' pursuit of a conference dual meet championship.
New Richmond 5, Altoona 2
No. 1: Nick Bradish (NR) def. Michael Barr 6-1, 6-4
No. 2: Dusty Reed (NR) def. Connor Hanson 6-1, 6-4
No. 3: Jack Hop (NR) def. Jason Kent 6-0, 6-0
No. 4: Casey Turnipseed (NR) def. Caleb Thill 6-1, 6-2
No. 1: Brady Kaiser and Alex Weber (A) def. Isaiah Hobbs and Jordy Kvam 6-4, 6-1
No. 2: Matt Berry and Ben Theyerl (A) def. Adrian Harvieux and Jake LaMirande 6-4, 6-2
No. 3: Connor Earley and Vitaliy Gutsal (NR) def. Graeson Colbert and Alex Dye 6-2, 6-2